Saturday, 30 August 2014

Converting to Flickr

A Chateau afternoon

I say converting, there was really no such thing, but I've used Flickr for the first time to store some blog pictures, and you know what, I really like it. It never really occurred to me to host my pictures on a site, but when I read about Brittany from life, set sail saying that's where she stored her's, then it kinda stuck in my mind. It's where some bloggers that I really admire store there's before transferring them onto their blog, so I thought, why not? New things, whilst very exciting, can be very overwhelming, so I casually looked into Flickr before running scared, but now, I joined and uploaded. Gasp. It was actually really simple, so I feel like a slight idiot for shying away from it for a good while, but oh well, I've seen the light. 

I used to just upload my pictures from my laptop onto Blogger, and that was that. Job done, nothing else to concern myself about, but now. Things seem brighter and sharper, which is always an awesome thing, right? Flickr has had its first outing in this post, so I thought I'd introduce it, kinda like it's a casual friend, not a boyfriend or anything. Cough. Awkward. Anyway, I'm quite enjoying Flickr, as well as the fact that you can choose the width of the pictures on your post, it's just a quick rehash of the html code, and boom, it's all sorted. I do quite adore this size, although I foresee larger pictures when I get my blog design done once again, as although this one has served me very well (thanks to the amazing and gorgeous Amy from srslylou for that) I feel like a change is in order. Nothing too serious, just some widening of the blog posts so it can accommodate some laaaarge pictures, because I do love a good bit of detail in my pictures, and I just like to snoop on others. Hehe.

Buds in the Chateau Gardens

So, this is Flickr meeting my blog. What do we think? Thumbs up? Down? Sideways? Let's give it some time, and see what happens. Do you use Flickr, or isn't it your thing? 

The sighing man.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Remembering Rimmel's Jazz Funk

This was my Summer colour last year, but this year, it's been pushed aside for some rather fierce coral's and blues, and hasn't made it out of the drawer; until now. Dun dun duuuuuun. I wonder how  could ever have forgotten about such a colour, as... it's a bit wow, being bright fuchsia pink and all that. I'd forgotten how much I loooooved the formulation of Rimmel's Salon Pro polishes, which are opaque after the second coat and chip resistant with a good top coat for the best part of a week. A week, I tell you. There's something so wonderful about wearing this colour on my fingertips - I think it just reminds me of long lazy summer days, where the nights were warm and spent with friends; it's kinda the same now, but where's the warmth? It's pretty much rain central, here in West Wales. Cheers for that, August. 

This polish first came to my attention in Boots, but I passed it off as not my kinda colour, but when Estée from EssieButton wore it in one of her video's, I was sold! I think there's something about seeing it on someone that changes your mind about a polish, and I'm certainly very glad that I did. The formulation is amazing, it's one of those 'One coat is a bit wishy washy, but two coats and I'm sold! I'll have one in every colour' kinda polishes, which are my favourite - the second coat is always the moment where I end up going 'oooooh' or 'oh, that's rubbish'. The second coat is make or break, but this polish passes with flying colours. They retail at £4.49 (here) which I think is amazing considering the colour payoff, as well as the amount of wear you can get from the polish. This colour was adored last summer, and ever since I applied it a few days ago, I've fallen in love with it yet again - short nails, long nails, everything looks wonderful dressed in Fuchsia, and boy does this formula shine on the nails. A top coat is essential, but by itself, it still gets a good few days wear without any noticeable wear on the tips. 

This is one of my numerous selection from the Kate Moss collection of Salon Pro polishes and I'm so glad I managed to dig it out, and step away from my beloved Essie, which I've been wearing a great deal too much... although, can you ever really wear Essie too much? Nope, I didn't think so either. Is this a colour that speaks to you? Do you remember the obsession with Hip Hop and Soul Session from last year?


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Almond Breeze Mocha Iced Coffee

I know that I don't really do posts related to food, or drink, but this stuff is so good, and it's been sitting in my fridge, goading me into writing a post about it. So here I go. This stuff, is awesome. Dairy free has always bee a big draw for me, especially as I'm a huuuuge fan of Almond Milk, so much so, I've cut out regular milk altogether, and this has become my staple with cereal and just generally when I fancy a glass of milk. I know the whole idea of cutting out dairy is quite a scary prospect, which is why I haven't cut it out altogether, because, let's face it, cheese is too good and should always be consumed. Damn you cheese for being so amazing and tasty. 

Anyway, back to this. I tend to switch between Almond, Hazelnut and Coconut Milk generally, but with coffee, it's usually Soy milk, as yes, it's the only one they have in Starbucks (don't get me started on the lack of Almond Milk in coffee shops) and I never drink coffee at home - but this little beauty, is totally changing the game. Iced Coffee has always held a big sway over me, so when I saw this in Tesco I bought one almost immediately. The next day, I bought four more and haven't looked back since. They're a little pick-me-up when I need it, and the lack of dairy is just a winner for me. As well as not having any dairy, it has no Gluten, Peanuts or MSG, which I'm not intolerant to, but hey, it makes it healthier for you, so what's not to like about that?

It has that instant coffee kick, but it's not bitter at all, which is the main thing about coffee that I'm not a big fan of - it's quite creamy and easy to drink, so much so that I can drink it in a minute or so, and just have that gentle buzz for the rest of the day. Or I can drink half and put it back in the fridge to drink later, but my favourite way to drink it, is on a hot day over ice; which makes it a bit more fancy in my opinion, and has me feeling quite sophisticated, despite the fact I may still be wearing my pyjamas and sitting in my conservatory. I posted a snap of it on Instagram, and it got a lot of attention, so I thought why not write a post on it? It's obviously something that interests the general public who like Dairy free things, so I decided to spread the word and recommend it to those who fancy something easy to drink without the Dairy/Gluten worries. I'm going to go and drink the rest of mine, and I hope that if you ever come across it, it might strike your interest (: This is the Mocha version, but there is also a Cappuccino drink that I have yet to try. Undoubtedly, when I do buy it, it'll be on my Instagram (@ohkalukalay).
© bexhowells. All rights reserved.
Blogger templates by pipdig